Our Friend is a comedy-drama set for release in the US in January 2021. This film follows the story of three best friends as they navigate life after receiving devastating news that turn their world upside down.
Starring Dakota Johnson, Jason Segel, and Casey Affleck, this film looks to be a must-see in 2021. By the looks of the trailer the film’s comedic qualities are primed from the outset, beginning with Matt Teague (Casey Affleck) perched on the toilet with a bottle of beer as Dane Faucheux (Jason Segel) barges into his hotel room, breaking down the door in his wake. Whilst Nicole Teague (Dakota Johnson) and Mathew Teague share a romantic relationship on screen, their best friend Dane immediately appears as a budding sidekick to their marriage, rarely leaving their side. The chemistry of this trio is a constant throughout the trailer and an element I am sure director Gabriela Cowperthwaite has indulged in this film.
This trailer begins with a light-hearted portrayal of friendship, with these three best friends causing mischief across town – a makeshift stand-up comedy performance in the living room and rope swinging in the local river might not be your average weekend activity. This cheerful depiction suddenly turns darker however, when life-changing news strikes the Teague family and Nicole is hospitalized. As Matt struggles to cope with this sudden change in events, falling into a sea of depression, Dane comes to the rescue, moving into their home and taking care of their children. Whilst cleaning and childminding might not be his forte, Dane’s joker traits give this family some well-deserved laughter.
Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite is known for her 2013 documentary Blackfish, which won the BAFTA for Best Documentary. The screenplay, written by Brad Ingelsby, is based on a viral Esquire article from 2015.
Our Friend looks primed to explore the intricacies of relationships and the power of having that one friend who would move heaven and earth for you.
Words by Maddy Raine
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